Intracom Telecom, a 51%-owned unit of Sistema of Russia’s Sitronics group, has announced the signing of a USD1.2 million contract with DiscoveryTel Ghana (DTG), for the rollout of the country’s first mobile WiMAX network. Under the terms of the deal Intracom Telecom will build a turnkey mobile WiMAX network based on its OmniMAX branded access solution, and its high capacity, next generation native-Ethernet microwave backhaul platform, OmniBAS. OmniMAX operates in the 2.5GHz-2.7GHz and 3.4GHz-3.8GHz frequency bands and is fully compliant with IEEE 802.16e-2005 and WiMAX Forum Wave-II Certification requirements. Further, Intracom Telecom plans to deploy its unified Management Suite (uni|MS) at DTG’s network operations centre to supervise and manage the network. The vendor says the whole project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and will enable DTG to provide high speed broadband wireless access to residential and business users in greater Accra (covering approximately two million people) and other major cities. The contract also includes an extension option to provide equipment for mobile WiMAX coverage to other major cities across the country.
Commenting on the deal, DTG president and chief operating officer Leonidas Skarlatos said: ‘West Africa telecommunication demands in data and voice services are growing rapidly. In this fast moving competitive environment, we have selected to partner up with Intracom Telecom in order to exploit its technologically advanced and cost effective wireless portfolio to deliver high quality broadband services to our customers.’ DTG was established in 2004 as an information and communications technology (ICT) based service provider with the capability to design, supply, and execute a complete multi-faceted Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) infrastructure, and deliver convergent services such as internet, data, video and images.